Thursday, August 31, 2017

Fly Tying Night At Oyster Creek Outfitters

Last night's fly tying at Oyster Creek Outfitters followed a casting demo and both were specific to techniques for fishing redfish in the coming flood tides!
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Tuesday, August 22, 2017

MCFF Tying Meeting "Baby Tarpon" flies

At last night's MCFF meeting we tied up some "Baby Tarpon" flies. A pretty easy fly to tie, but proper technique was important in several steps!!
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Monday, August 21, 2017

St. John's River Ferry

We had our first ride on the St. John's River Ferry this weekend! There is no bridge over the river for A1A and the ferry keeps you from having to drive to Jacksonville and getting on I-295. Only a 5 minute ride, but we enjoyed it. And, it's part of the National Parks system, so we got to check off another park. They don't let you fish, though. I asked.
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Sunday, August 20, 2017

Sticker Sighting!!

Sticker Sighting!! Repost from @simpson941, one of the winners of the 2017 The Suburban Angler annual giveaway, as he's cranking out some wooly buggers! Thanks buddy!!
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Saturday, August 19, 2017

2017 Flood Tide Festival

Hanging out at the Flood Tide Festival at Black Fly Outfitter in Jacksonville today! Fly gear, BBQ, beer and friends! Say hi if you run into us!!
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Sunday, August 13, 2017

IFTD Demo Day 2017

Evenin' Folks,
  I thought I'd start off the series of AFFTA IFTD 2017 posts with a recap of Demo Day.  IFTD Demo Day is an event where members of the media are invited to the Ritz-Carlton Grande Lakes in Orlando before the opening of the IFTD Show and given the opportunity to talk with some manufacturers and use their new products on the water, under real conditions with a rep's (or in some cases, the designer's(!!!)) coaching and input.  It really is an incredible opportunity that I very much enjoy.  
  The setup was a little different this year in that all of the participating manufacturers were lined up along one long pond, which really made it easier to get to all the booths and make sure there was time to try all the new toys.  And, I don't want you to think that this was like casting into a 2-inch deep pool like the indoor casting ponds at various fly fishing events.  No, the water hazards of the Ritz-Carlton Grande Lakes golf course are trophy managed bass ponds.  Certainly not easy ponds to fish, but if you are lucky enough to hook up it's with a largemouth bass worthy of the latest and greatest products being tested.
  Unfortunately, I was skunked.  But, I was skunked using some of the most advanced fly fishing products to date.  And I had a hell of a time doing it and can't wait until Demo Day 2018!  Follow along with the photos below.  I'd love to hear your thoughts on any of them.  And be on the lookout for the next article in the IFTD 2017 series very soon.
  I hope you're all doing well,
Ritz Carlton Grade Lakes - IFTD Demo Day 2017
IFTD 2017 Demo Day 7am at the Ritz-Carlton Grande Lakes, Orlando, Florida
The J.W. Marriott Hotel at the Ritz-Carlton Grande Lakes Golf Course, Orlando, Florida

Hardy Fly Fishing Ultralight Series - IFTD 2017 Demo Day
Hardy Fly Fishing let me cast one of their new Zephrus Ultralight Series rods in 9' 5-weight with one of their classic Bougle reels.  This setup was designed for delicate presentations and was a pleasure to cast!

Sage Salt HD - IFTD Demo Day 2017
The new Salt HD from Sage Fly Fishing has a very soft, smooth cast and the KonneticHD technology helps put the power on for the quick casts that sight fishing saltwater fish requires.

Waterworks-Lamson Center Axis - IFTD Demo Day 2017
I had the opportunity to cast the new Waterworks-Lamson Center Axis rod and reel side-by-side with an identically outfitted conventional fly rod and reel and the difference was quite astounding! 

Orvis Helios 3 & Scientific Anglers Bonefish Line - IFTD Demo Day 2017
At the Scientific Anglers station I got to cast their new Bonefish line on an Orvis Helios 3 rod.  This combination made for near effortless casting of this 8 weight!  I'd really like to spend some more time fishing with this setup!

G Loomis IMX-PRO - IFTD Demo Day 2017
G. Loomis introduced their new IMX-PRO series of rods this year.  These rods take advantage of the IMX-PRO Matrix graphite that they've been using on their tournament bass rods.  This strong, lightweight rod was a pleasure to cast and with a price tag around $500 it's a high quality rod that's not totally out of reach.

Birds - IFTD Demo Day 2017
We weren't the only ones fishing at the Ritz-Carlton!

Simms Bus - IFTD Demo Day 2017
I spent some time talking with Nick (good name!) from Simms Fishing in front of the Simms Bus.  As a Large Outdoorsman myself, I was very happy to hear the Simms has starting increasing the sizes available on some of their more popular lines. 

Drift Boats - IFTD Demo Day 2017
The Ritz-Carlton Grande Lakes is a beautiful venue for the AFFTA IFTD Demo Day.  They hotel even provided drift boats and guides to help put attendees on fish!

Always Exploring!

Always Exploring!
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Saturday, July 15, 2017

Wolff Indiana IFTD 2017

Some may not know that Wolff Indiana also has an industrial scissors division called KAI. Debuting at this year's IFTD Show, KAI is now making two lines high quality fly tying scissors! The holes in the smallest scissors were large enough for even my fingers to fit comfortably!
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Royal Wulff Products IFTD 2017

I really enjoyed learning more about the lines and accessories from Royal Wulff Products! Be on the lookout for, what I hope will be, a pretty unique review!
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Friday, July 14, 2017

IFTD and ICAST 2017

As always, I had a fantastic time at IFTD and ICAST this year! Seeing the newest and most innovative flyfishing products is always a blast, but the best part is reconnecting with old friends and meeting new ones! A round of applause for the hardworking folks that host the show!! And, of course, a huge Thank You to all the exhibitors who take the time to talk with us. To all the folks at home who followed along with my posts, thanks to you as well. You guys are the reason I do it!! Can't wait until next year!!!!
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Flood Tide Co. IFTD 2017

Flood Tide Co Apparel never disappoints with there designs!
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Thursday, July 13, 2017

IFTD 2017 Best In Show Award

IFTD 2017 Best In Show Award goes to Sage Fly Fish for the Salt HD flyrod! Congratulations to the folks at Sage!!!
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Diamondback Rods IFTD 2017

Finally got to check out some @diamondbackrods in person! The unconventional Link Grip design on the Clout series lends a tremendous amout of sensitivity to the rod!
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Taylor Fly Fishing IFTD 2017

@taylorflyfishing is having a strong showing this year with new reels, rods and their own branded line backing!
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Loop Tackle IFTD 2017

Checking out the new to the show Q Series of rods from Loop Tackle. The folks at Loop have developed an entry level offering to get you into a Loop fly rod for under $230!! They didn't cut any corners, either. With the light weight and matte finish you're going to get a quality rod.
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L.L. Bean Luncheon IFTD 2017

The kind folks at L.L. Bean invited me to attend their luncheon again this year. They have some great new products lined up for 2018 like a seat back rod organizer for your truck, a gear satchel optimized for surf fishing and this 2018 Collector's Edition Knife Set! Thanks for another great lunch, L. L. Bean!!

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Scott Flyrods IFTD 2017

Checking out the updates to the G Series of rods from Scott Flyrods. Naturally, I gravitated to the 2 weight, but the heavy rods are sweet casters as well!!
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Fair Flies IFTD 2017

Had to check out the Fair Flies booth after seeing one of their videos. 5 materials are packed into these brushes!! Originally designed for Salmon and Steelhead in the PNW, they're finding that the possibilities in other fisheries are nearly limitless! Can't wait to try some in the Florida marshes!!
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Turrall Fishing Flies IFTD 2017

From feather's to flies this morning! Turrall Fishing Flies out of the UK was displaying at the show. Maker's of fine flies, bamboo flyboxes and prepackaged fly selections. Odds are good if you buy flies, you've fished a Turrall!
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Ewing Feather Birds IFTD 2017

Need tying feather's? The guys at Ewing Feather Birds have your feathers!!
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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Plan D Fishing Solutions IFTD 2017

Got to check out the new flyboxes from Plan D Fishing Solurtions. These big boxes contain either a shepard's hook or silicon slot to hold and protect articulated and tube flies. Awesome idea!
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Korkers Footwear IFTD 2017

@korkersfootwear introduced the new WRAPTR one piece wading boot at this year's IFTD!! It's a very lightweight yet tough and durable wading boot with only a single seam!
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Ty-Rite Tool IFTD 2017

I met with the new owner of Ty-Rite, the knot tying aid that's been around for more than 50 years! If you have any trouble with your clinch knots slipping, this is the tool to help you out!!
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Hardy Fly Fishing IFTD 2017

Hardy Fly Fishing's new Ultralight series of reels certainly caught my attention today!
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Tacky Fly FIshing Predator Fly Box IFTD 2017

So, in case the Tacky Fly Fishing Big Bug Box wasn't big enough for you, they introduced the Predator Box at the show this year! Designed with articulated streamers and large fresh and saltwater flies in mind, the new Predator Box will hold your biggest flies with ease!!
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Temple Fork Outfitters (TFO) IFTD 2017

Temple Fork Outfitters has released a new line of saltwater rods!! The AxiomII series are available in 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 and 12 weight and the $340-$360 price point includes a rodtube! I may have to count some pennies for that 6 weight!!!
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Patagonia IFTD 2017

The folks at Patagonia have developed a pair of waders that pack down into a stuff sack! Finally, waders for backpacking flyfishers!!!
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Vedavoo Gear IFTD 2017

Finally got to meet Scott from Vedavoo Gear!! This Vedavoo x Water Master Beast Sling (left) is made from material scraps leftover from the construction of Water Master's inflatable row boats! Made and Repurposed in America!!
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Flymen FIshing Co. IFTD 2017

Stopped by the Flymen Fishing Co booth to check out their latest products! Faux Bucktail, Howitzer Popping Heads and finished Double Barrel poppers! Awesome stuff that I can't wait to try!!
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Diablo Paddlesports IFTD 2017

Always good to catch up with Thomas and the guys from @diablops!!
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Stealth Fly Products IFTD 2017

First stop is the Stealth Fly Products booth. This company is changing the way fly tying hooks are sold!! The eco-friendly black finish is a definite bonus!!
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View of IFTD

View of IFTD from the Press Room!
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Tuesday, July 11, 2017

2017 IFTD Demo Day

2017 IFTD Demo Day on the water at the Ritz Carlton Grande Lakes, Orlando, Florida.
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